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Thanksgiving Came Early!

Saturday, August 10, 2013


I know I don't smell the scents of turkey, stuffing, yams, cranberry sauce or pumpkin pies.
I haven't seen all the ads in this mornings paper for tomorrow's, or this afternoon's buys.

The wind is not blowing, no flurries scurrying, not the usual football teams playing or the guys laying, right in the middle of the floor.

I don't remember prepping the veggies, sautéing in butter the onions and celery, peeling the potatoes for mashing or baking; however, a feeling of thanks is in the making.

No neighbors stopping by or visitors spending the night, so why is this wonderful joy making my heart so bright?

-Thanksgiving Came Early This Beautiful Summer Night-

As most of you know, I had a stroke on the 29th of June. Stayed in the hospital nearly five days It was a very frightening thing to happen to me. Living alone is always scary, but when I had the stroke, I couldn't talk. It is very important to get to the hospital asap--they say no longer than an hour, and hopefully you can expect a full recovery. I knew what I wanted to say, but nothing came out clearly or the right way. I couldn't use my right arm, couldn't sign my name--even if I didn't know what it was. They kept asking me the same questions over and over as though if they would ask them faster, I'd think faster. Then, stick out your tongue, smile--raise your arms, squeeze my hands and again, what's your name, how old are you and what year is this. Asked this so often of me that I was starting to get upset because they would ask me questions and not give me the time to answer them. I was very unhappy because I knew the year, I just couldn't get it out. Finally, they gave me a chance to answer and I was so proud of myself--I told them it was 212, no 2012. That's it, 2012!. Okay, so I was a year off--at least I knew what a 'year' was!
It took me a little more than a day and I was talking where I could be understood, but not really well. By the end of that day, I was trying to do my Sudoku puzzles (the easiest) and then I tried to read. Reading was a little harder.
When I first saw my doctor, I would think that my first question would be "what happened".
No, it was "Will I be able to exercise again". I was very afraid to start the workouts, even though I can only do certain ones, my stroke came to me when I was in the middle of doing them. Until I got to realize that you can get a stroke by just sitting down and doing nothing. I finally started to do them. I started with 10 minutes and now I'm to 20 min. a day and hopefully next week between 25-30 min. I was doing over 1-1/2 hours before the stroke.
The main reason I am telling you about this stroke is that a lot of people are telling me how well I'm doing and I'm coming along just fine. I really do appreciate your support. I need you all to know that I honestly had nothing to do with my rehab. The good Lord didn't think it was time for me yet, so He decided I should stay around a little longer to agitate my team or maybe to be a help to someone else that may go through this.

But anyway you look at it "Thanksgiving Came Early This Beautiful Summer Night!"

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    You are suppose to be here because I'm selfish and I need you! Hoping things are looking up for you and you are right, I need to think about all my blessings and work harder on me and my exercise goals which will end up making my weight loss goals. Keep the faith that we can improve ourselves yet! Love ya, rs
    2844 days ago
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    Good for you. Your attitude is encouraging. We have Thanksgiving this weekend and I am trying to talk myself into going downstairs to get the turkey for defrosting. Yep, that's a sad comment on my life, I have to talk myself into going down some stairs. I really need you to come and show me the switch that makes me WANT to do exercising. emoticon
    2850 days ago
    Thank you for your condolences about my Mom passing and I rejoice with you at your improvements! God is good all of the time! Thank you for the encouragement in this blog. May we not take life for granted. I needed to read what you have written much more than you will ever know.
    2859 days ago
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    Noel, I guess I was meant to come across you and your blog. I to have had strokes, yes thats right, I said strokes and there is life after strokes. I almost died about 5 yrs ago, but that's me not you. I have been feeling sorry for myself lately and this what happened. I was complaining that knees really hurt from all the exercise, I meet a man with no legs. Reallity check right ? He was so cheerful and kind, He helped me out of my scooter and it was then that he reveald that fact that he had artifical legs. My point being, yes greet each day with joy and make as fruitful as possible. There is always someone that has it worse than you. Don't ever think you would not be missed. and that life is not worth fighting for. Everday is "Thankgiving day" emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2903 days ago
  • SPEEDY143
    emoticon giving THANKS right along with YOU and all your SparkFriends... praise God... continue to challenge yourself emoticon your are on the right track emoticon
    2904 days ago

    I'm sorry, but I didn't know of your stroke. I had just come back to Spark and just kind of missed it. I'm so thankful to hear how well you're doing. You are right...all good comes from God. He loved you like we do! It does sound like your recovery is coming along very well, if you're already doing your exercises, let alone increase your exercise time! You're incredible. Just make sure you get proper rest, as well. That's also an important part of recovery.

    Love you, Noel,
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    I love your idea of a Thanksgiving. I'm thrilled for you that are already exercising and I think your attitude is a great contributor to your amazing recovery. Best wishes for the road ahead. Hugs to you today and every day.
    2906 days ago
    Happy Thanksgiving! Celebrating with you!

    You really are doing amazingly well!

    Sending wishes for Strength, and Health!

    You've Got This!
    2907 days ago
  • JILL313
    Wonderful Blog from your "Heart" Noel. I understand what a scary and hard time you had with your stroke. You do have a lot to be thankful for as well as I, your good friend, that you're doing better every day and are already close to 100% well. Please follow your Dr's advice as I want you around for another 100 years emoticon As much as I've heard and read about strokes it's so true what you said as you one can happen to any of us even while relaxing on our couch. Continue to Heal and we're both thankful that your recovering so well and completely. Keep exercising and eating right and you'll be around for a very long time. Take good care and God Bless Wonderful You.

    Love You,

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    2908 days ago
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    I didn't know. Good for you coming out of this - it sounds harrowing.
    2909 days ago
    Noel, I so appreciate you and the way you give God the praise! I am so proud to have you as a friend, you bring joy into my life! And I will join you in this Thanksgive feast that came early and thank God that you have bounced back to us.

    Blessing to you

    2909 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    emoticon emoticon Best of luck to you on your road to recovery. It sounds like you are staying strong!
    2909 days ago
    You are doing amazing, Noel ... just be gentle with yourself as you recover. Mike is still recovering 3 years later ... little things here and there. The fact you can read, do puzzles - WOW! Took Mike 6 weeks or so before he could. So I am very happy for you and will continue to hold you in my prayers... Thanksgiving it is! Love, Jackie
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    Noel, I'm so proud of you and for hanging in there! You ARE doing well and you do have something to do with it. Remember that saying that the Lord helps those who help themselves? It definitely holds true, I believe! Sending you continued blessings, warm thoughts, and above all...prayers!! Love you, Sweet Sister! XOXO Jeannie emoticon emoticon
    2909 days ago
    So glad for you!
    And kind of amusing about your first question!
    Make every day count!
    2909 days ago
    You do have a good reason to be thankful. WE ARE THANKFUL TOO that you are still here to inspire and share this with us.
    2909 days ago
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    I am so glad you are getting better sweetie! Love you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2909 days ago
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    Sounds like you have some wonderful things to be thankful for...as we all do!

    Good luck with getting your exercise time built up. emoticon
    2909 days ago
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